Oct

7

Today in Useful Things: Mail Goggles

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The alcohol-fueled, after-bar emailing session! A venerated tradition that’s worse than a drunken phone call because it involves spelling and it’s archived, forever.

But, as Gawker reported, one American Hero/Gmail Engineer has designed a program that will prevent you from sending drunk emails

It’s called “Mail Goggles” and it harnesses the power of simple arithmetic to keep you from embarrassing yourself.

When activated, Mail Goggles will gently remind you that “it’s that time of day,” and will then ask you to solve a series of math problems before allowing you to send an email. You can set it to only do so late at night, and even switch around the difficulty of the problems.

And speaking of brilliant Google features, the company has honored their tenth anniversary by bringing back their index from 2001. Put in a search, and it responds like it’s 2001. For example: Meet a young upstart from Illinois named Barack Obama

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22 Comments

  1. contrast

    http://www.google.com/search2001/search?q=%22Joe+biden%22&hl=en&btnG=Search

    Yeah, yeah, I know her being off the Washington radar is part of what makes her a novelty, but she doesn't even come up with any google hits?! What the hell was she doing (or not doing). I was 15 back then and I have like 5 hits.

  2. ...

    My favorite was "bushwick hipsters" -- 7 hits. Oh me oh my. You could make a lot of money buying 2001 real estate, except in 2001 real estate wasn't on the internet.

  3. For me  

    This is useless. I need one for texting, Google.

  4. HAHA  

    I bet Sarah Palin would fail this even when sober.

  5. yes, you do  

    do it without putting sarah palin alaska in quotation marks.

  6. ...  

    lame. truly interesting (read: embarrassing) alcohol fueled email binges are interesting because of the drunken determination and george bush style stubborn poor judgment behind them. no retarded barrier will stop any of the good stuff from getting through and will only stop the stuff that wasn't that interesting or embarrassing to begin with.

  7. hehe  

    First thing I did, before reading comments, was Google 2001 Sarah Palin. Just shows what's on all our minds... I wonder if she was built in 2003?

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